No, really, that’s the Dutch word for snow.

It’s been snowing since before dawn. Son’s and Daughter’s school closed a little early (but not before the students finished their last midterm exam). It’s our second winter storm of the season, and it’s beautiful.

Back when we lived in the Washington, DC area, whenever it snowed the local shock jock DJs would scream ‘bread, milk and toilet paper – bread, milk and toilet paper!!’ Why, you ask? Because hoards (and I do mean hoards) of people would rush to the grocery stores to stock up.

If you saw the empty shelves after the onslaught, you’d think we’d just experienced Armageddon.

Old habits die hard. So while we didn’t need the ‘top 3’, I bundled up and headed to my Albert Heijn to stock up. Here’s a little of what I saw along the way…

Braving the elements

and this

Concentrate, concentrate...

and then this

Snowing Harder

The streets were full of school students getting out early and people ducking into stores and shops before heading home. As expected, the Albert Heijn was crowded. But in the early afternoon of the Friday heading into the holiday break, shoppers were jovial and patient.

Best of all, when I rounded the corner onto my street, I was greeted with this scene.

Silent Stroll

Lovely. Simply lovely.


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